Hector and the Search for Happiness | Pegg charmingly melts your heart

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– Please remain in your seat until flight comes to a complete stop..

Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  My last blog post was 464 days ago.  Since my last post, there has honestly been several movies worth the key strokes.  Alas, the lazy virus took the best of me.  Luckily, I had a 24-hour energy boaster drink that allowed me to write these words..

Psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) finally sees the bore that is his life.  He abruptly decides to leave his perfect girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) to go on a global journey in search of happiness.  Thus unfolds the adventure of a life time.

As expected, you will experience Pegg’s amazing comedy.  But, you will be surprised by his skills as an actor.  His ability to transfer his scene’s emotions to you are just unbelievable.

Adding to Pegg’s performance; you are treated with a great soundtrack, artistic use of Hector’s travel journal, and the great cameo performances (including Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Toni Collette).  Hopefully, this will be enough to entice you to add this to the must see list.  Because by the time you reach the credits, you will be filled with a warm light.

Title: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Genre:  Adventure Comedy Drama

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Year Released:  2014

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

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Oberhofer | Local 506 on 8 March 2014

One of my random phone pics that turned out a lovely blur

One of my random phone pics that turned out a lovely blur

o0Oo0Oo0000000O goes the tornado Oberhofer. Why tornado? Well, it is the only adjective that can describe Oberhofer’s live performance. Let me paint you a picture.

Drummer and bassist pounds dark clouds into frame. The guitars raise the winds. Xylophone strikes sporadic lighting across the landscape. Brian Oberhofer voices rings all beautifully into a storm. You are just memorized by the peaceful storm. Then, a tornado comes out of nowhere signaled by Brian’s wild spinning. Oberhofer just letting out pure sweet power. As quickly it comes, the tornado ascends into the clouds. Oberhofer goes back to a peaceful storm.

These moments of perfect surprise lined the entire Oberhofer set. During a song, guitar wireless connected Brian walks out the back door. A few seconds pass in which everyone is thinking, is he going to come in from the front door? Suddenly, Brian comes quickly walking into the front strumming his guitar. As cheesy as it sounds, it was quite incredible.

Or during the last song, Brian yells out names of each band member a bids us all a goodnight. A decent crowd barely claps, some shoot one more song, Oberhofer agrees, Brian says “we forgot to play this one”, and proceed to belt out their big hit oOoO. But this time when Brian yells out names, Oberhofer leaves the stage.

For $10 ticket, I would have paid $30. So, I made up the difference by buying a Time Capsules II LP which is fantastic in itself. Now, I can listen to their storm pop whenever my little heart desires. Bravo Oberhofer, I look forward to our next encounter.

Netflix Flex Biceps With Arrested Development Season 4

Time for my Bluth fix.  Photo courtsey of www.castleawesome.com.

Time for my Bluth fix. Photo courtsey of http://www.castleawesome.com.

May 27 2013, I just Netflix streamed the entire 4th season of Arrested Development.  Seven years have passed since the last episode aired on TV.  What can I say, Bravo Netflix Bravo.

I wasn’t planning on writing a review, however reading some negative ones, I felt obligated to throw in my two cents.  The new season has many factors that deserve praise:

  • The entire main cast, vast supporting cast, Mitchell Hurwitz (creator), past writers, and even Ron Howard return for this season.  Kudos to Netflix for getting the band back together.
  • Just the shire amount of familiar faces that grace this season is a good enough reason to watch. Such as Ben Stiller, Isla Fisher, Seth Rogen, the list just goes on.  In particular that added alittle extra boast to my smile was the appearance of the cast of Workaholics and Conan O’Brien.
  • The structure of the new season.  The 15 episode season covers the entire seven years between the last aired Fox episode and the Netflix release.  However, the approach is quite unique.  Each episode focuses on a specific main character who’s story line runs parallel and intersecting paths with the other characters.  I would compare it to a bowl of messy spaghetti.  You pick one noodle slurping it into your mouth watching it untangle itself through all the other al dente noodles.  You repeat this process until the bowl is empty.  For a brief moment, you are sadden by the marinara lined bowl with no noodles.  Then leaning back, you belch rubbing your belly realizing that you are full from a delicious meal.
  • Let the good times roll.  The comedic style of the new season is an exact match to the previous seasons.  So, hardcore fans will continue to roll on the ground even when the comedy is some what predictable.  From Gob’s inappropriate magic tricks to Buster’s continuous issues with his hand replacement.  You just can’t get enough.

Warning, do not give up early in the new season.  As you watch deeper into the the season, the jokes start compounding on top of each other resulting in a delicious mess.  The episodes are under 30 minutes.  Do yourself a favor, watch at least the first 6 episodes before you decide to call it quits.

Some will give Netflix hell on such an open ended new season.  Plus with all hints of a future production, this gives us some sort of assurance that Netflix will continue the Bluths story in another installment(s).  I look forward to it.

For the original programming I have viewed, Neflix is 2 for 4 at the plate.  The two hits being House of Cards and Arrested Development Season 4.  The two misses being Lilyhammer and Hemlock Grove.  If you think about that, this is pretty good stats for a new player in the original content game.  Netflix pat yourself on the back.    Keep up the good work.